Office: 808 W Franklin, rm 202
E-mail: kwbrown at vcu.edu
Web site: Research Lab
Implicit in many approaches to the enhancement of well-being is the importance of becoming aware of ones cognitive, emotional, interpersonal and social ecological circumstances. My research examines the role of attention and awareness, and specifically mindfulness, in self-regulation and psychological, physical and social well-being. More broadly, I am interested in the study of consciousness and its role in human functioning. Conducted in both laboratory and naturalistic settings, my research program addresses both theoretical and applied issues.
- Do mindful people show less defensiveness when their sense of self is threatened by a confrontation with their own mortality?
- Are mindful people better at regulating their emotions?
Brown, K. W., Goodman, R., & Inzlicht, M. (2013). Dispositional mindfulness and the
attenuation of neural responses to emotional stimuli. Social Cognitive and Affective
Neuroscience, 8, 93-99.
Brown, K. W., Weinstein, N., & Creswell, J. D. (2012). Trait mindfulness modulates
neuroendocrine and affective responses to social evaluative threat.
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 37, 2037–2041.
Brown, K. W., West, A. M., Loverich, T. M., & Biegel, G. M. (2011). Assessing adolescent mindfulness: Validation of an adapted Mindful Attention Awareness Scale in adolescent normative and psychiatric populations. Psychological Assessment, 23, 1023-1033.
Biegel, G., Brown, K. W., Shapiro, S. E., & Schubert, C. (2009). Mindfulness-based stress
reduction for adolescent psychiatric outpatients: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of
Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 855-866.
Brown, K. W., Ryan, R. M., & Creswell, J. D. (2007). Mindfulness: Theoretical foundations
and evidence for its salutary effects. Psychological Inquiry, 18, 211-237.
- Full publication list [PDF]
- Introduction to Psychology, undergraduate level
- Research Methods in Social Psychology, graduate level
- Statistics for Psychological Research I, graduate level
- Positive Psychology, graduate level
Brown, K. W., McCain, N., & Way, B. M. (K.W.B. Principal Investigator). Source: VCU Presidential Research Incentive Program. Project title: Psychological and genetic predictors of immune responses to stress. Direct cost: $49,950. 2010-2011.
Brown, K. W. & Coogle, C. (Co-Principal Investigators). Source: U.S. Administration on Aging. Project title: Mindfulness-Based Alzheimer's Caregiving: A novel intervention to enhance caregiver well-being and relational functioning. Direct cost: $102,694. 2008-2011.
Goodie, A. S. et al. (K.W.B. Co-Investigator). Source: Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre. Project title: Mindfulness and level 2 gambling problems. Direct cost: $173,313. 2008-2010.
Brown, K. W. (Principal Investigator). Source: Virginia Commonwealth University, College of Humanities and Sciences. Project title: Mindfulness as a predictor of multimodal stress responses. Direct cost: $5,300. 2008-2009.
Moynihan, J. et al. (K. W. B. Co-Investigator). Source: National Institutes of Health (R01). Project title: Mindfulness to improve elders' immune and health status. Direct cost: $800,000. 2005-2009.
Recent Sponsored Student Grants
Goodman, R. J. (K. W. B. Sponsor). Source: Mind and Life Institute. Project Title: The effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on episodic and prospective memory function in aging adults. 2013-2016.
Quaglia, J. T. (K. W. B. Sponsor). Source: Mind and Life Institute. Project Title: From intra- to inter-personal: Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on emotion regulation in social contexts. 2013-2016.
Cordon, S. L. (K. W. B. Sponsor). Source: Mind and Life Institute. Project Title: Mindful interactions: Effects on couple conflict-related stress and relationship functioning. 2010-2013.
Stewart, K. E. (K. W. B. Sponsor). Source: National Institutes of Health (F31). Project title: Biobehavioral mechanisms of emotion and HIV disease. 2008-2010.
Hölzel, B. (K. W. B. Co-Sponsor). Source: Mind and Life Institute. Project Title: Does mindfulness training change the processing of social threat? 2008-2010.
Sahdra, B. (K. W. B. Co-Sponsor). Source: Mind and Life Institute. Project Title: Measurement and correlates of non-attachment. 2008-2009.